On May 22 - 24, the Boy Scouts of America's National Council will vote on a resolution that will allow gay youth to participate in the organization, but will maintain its ban on gay parents like me. I'm urging the Boy Scouts to consider a resolution that would end the ban on both gay youth and parents and allow me to continue Scouting with my son, Cruz.
My name is Jennifer Tyrrell. I am a devoted partner, mother, friend and community leader in Bridgeport, Ohio. I’m also a former Tiger Cub den leader with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). In April 2012, I was removed from this volunteer position, and my membership was revoked after nearly a year of service -– just because I happen to be gay. Since then, I've been working with organizations like GLAAD and fellow Scouts to help end the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy.
No parent should ever have to look their children in the eyes and tell them their family isn't good enough. But the Boy Scouts' current proposal forces gay parents and adult leaders to do just that.
The Record’s Alfred Doblin put it best when he said “Imagine a youth organization announcing it will allow blacks as members, but will not hire any black leaders. Imagine a youth organization announcing it will allow Jews to become members, but will not hire any Jewish leaders. Now substitute blacks and Jews for gays. You have the Boy Scouts of America.”
The Boy Scouts can do better than that. Our children deserve better than that.
Please join me and my family in urging the Boy Scouts to consider another resolution this May, and vote to end the ban on both gay youth and parents. It's time to end discrimination in Scouting.
NOTE: I encourage everyone to join this campaign, but If you're a past or current member of the Boy Scouts of America, please say so in the "Why is this important to you?" section. Thanks!"
If I was the leadership of the BSA, I would receive this petition and invite Scouts for Equality to a meeting so they could watch me demonstrate proper campfire building techniques using their petition as tinder. Somehow, the "gay rights" people are still laboring under the delusion that they have a right to demand things of the Boy Scouts of America without being laughed out of the room. Let me correct the error in their little pea brains: those of us who are current or former members of the BSA, or who are associated in some way with the organization, could not possibly care LESS about your blubbering on this issue or any other. Previous to the recent vintage of trying to shoehorn gays into an organization that does not welcome them, the cause of the hour was forcing the BSA to accept girls as Boy Scouts.
I'll just let you sit with that a minute and contemplate just how stupid such an idea is. Then you have my permission to contemplate how hard the BSA leadership must have laughed when they caught wind of it.
The Boy Scouts of America exists is a civic-minded organization with the sole purpose of channeling the natural exuberance and characteristics of boys into noble, worthwhile, and virtuous pursuits that will hopefully lead to them growing into worthy and responsible men. It does not exist to do this for girls, which is a tragic shame because growing girls have a very serious need to be thoroughly cleansed of the mindlessness and poison that feminism has injected into the environment, such that they are encouraged on their own path to becoming the noble and beautiful creatures they are meant to be... but that's a topic for another day. The BSA also does not exist to be one more arm of the strange, motley, and malicious malcontents that are busily engaged in a society-wide project to wreck all that makes America the good place that it is. It's certain that the malcontents desire to conquer such a fantastic institution, but they must be strenuously resisted, and perhaps even pushed back against. The petition above and the story along with it is mere blatherskite, but I needed a good foil to go off in this direction.